Thursday, December 12, 2013

Some Pronunciations

Most of these pronunciation are from the History books my children are reading and the rest are from Classics for Young Readers Bible Stories. Capital letters indicate which syllable to accent.

  1. Senmut = /sen-MOOT/
  2. Hatshepsut = /hat-SHEP-soot/
  3. Nebuchadnezzar =  /neb-yuh-kud-NEH-zur/
  4. Anubis = /uh-NOO-bus/
  5. sarcophagus = /sahr-KAH-fuh-gus/
  6. Menkaure = /men-KOW-ray/
  7. Khafre = /KAF-ray/
  8. Khufu = /KOO-foo/
  9. Saqqara= /suh-KAHR-uh/
  10. Zoser = /ZHOH-suhr/
  11. pharoah = /FAIR-oh/
  12. Thoth = /thohth/
  13. Horus = HOR-us/
  14. Osiros = /oh-SIY-rus/
  15. Isis = /IY-sis/
  16. Re = /ray/
  17. Mediterranean = /me-di-tu'rey-nee-un/
  18. Amyitis = /AM-i-tis/
  19. Hammurabi = /ha-muh-RAH-bee/
  20. Agade = /uh-GAH-day/
  21. Akkadians = /uh-KAY-dee-uhns/
  22. Akkad = /AK-ad/
  23. Umma = /UH-muh/
  24. Enkidu = /EN-kee-doo/
  25. Gilgamesh = /GIL-guh-mesh/
  26. Ziggurat = /ZIH-guh-rat/
  27. Puabi = /poo-AH-bee/
  28. Ur = /uhr/
  29. Darius = /duh-RIY-us/
  30. Persia = /PUR-zhuh/
  31. cuneiform = /kyou-NEE-uh-form/
  32. Pietro della Valle = /PYEH- troh-DAYL-lah VAHL-lay/
  33. Herodotus = /hih-RAHD-uh-tus/
  34. Babylonians = /ba-buh-LOH-nee-uhns/
  35. Babylon = /BA-buh-lahn/
  36. levees = /LEH-vees/
  37. Sumer = /SOO-mur/
  38. Zagros /ZA-grus/
  39. Euphrates = /yoo-FRAY-teez/
  40. Tigris = /TIY-grus/
  41. Mesopotamia = /meh-suh-puh-TAY-mee-uh/
  42. odyssy = /AH-duh-see/
  43. Odysseus = /oh-DIH-see-us/
  44. Dionysius Exiguus = /diy-uh-NIS-ee-us eg-ZIG-yuh-wus/
  45. anno Domini = /a-noh DAH-muh-nee/

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

New Classroom

What a busy week! and 1 day. Our classroom is going since November 1. Whew! We haven's done much since we moved in, but we still does lessons even 1 a day. This is the only pic for now because most of my children books are still in boxes scattered all over the floor. Plus the trim in this room is not finish. I think I will be able to rest in January. However, my in-laws suite is done. They can move back in any time soon if MIL is willing to come in. The last time they were here, she was screaming on the top of her lungs, she said the house will KILL her and will not last overnight. And on top of it, waving at any passing cars to stop and give her a ride some where else. We will see how she is when the time to move back-in comes.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Too Busy

My plan of posting all the things my children does learning at home will be pause until we are finally moved to our new house. Very prostrating but I cannot do anything about it because all the hired contractors somehow takes forever to schedule and both went on vacation after 2 weeks telling them that we are ready for them. I'm annoyed.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Science Project Completed

A few minutes before this little guy came out of the chrysalis I was watching it, and thinking when will it come out. Well, after about half hour I left and DD came in from outside and informed me that the butterfly is out. "What!" I replied. I was so disappointed... :D

Yes, around 12:30pm today. I have to write this first before watching my children let it free outside. One project done for their home learning science project. More to go.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Science Project (part 5)

Todays' children science project update. We don't really know how to keep the parsley stem fresh if this chrysalis will be there until spring. DD put the sticks there but it decided to hang itself on a fresh stem. We will see I guess.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Science Project (part 4)

Yesterday, DD and I changed the water where the parsley are resting and the paper towel at the bottom of this fish tank. During movie time (before bedtime) I looked inside the tank and the caterpillar was checking the top side of the tank. DD said, it is looking for a place to hang. I was like, "what, it's not even that big yet." Well, this morning, this is was we saw.

I had a hard time taking picture because it is hanging upside down. The picture above is taken through the glass.

This one is taken from above but out of focus. To see the first caterpillar I saw outside, on how big it was click here --->> caterpillar bigger than my little finger.

Biomagnetism Therapy

This is my second child (not my second kid), and I'm happy to announce that this is the last session for him. Yes, we were in the doctors' office around eight-thirty this morning. His appointment was nine o'clock. He got less magnet on him today because the doctor did the magnet three separate times. We got into talking and he mentioned that he treated a NYC couple who wanted to have children. After two sessions (3 months apart), the third time should be six months after the second, and the wife is ten weeks pregnant.

The therapy worked with FIL back and motion sickness problem, it worked with DH hip problem (it turned out it's not his hip, he can only feel it in that area), and my second ODS (picture above) motion sickness. And guessed what, he is taller than me now by two inches. What I am saying here is, try alternative healing first before putting all the chemicals in your body. The sad part is, they do not take any type of medical insurance. We pay cash, so I don't really know how they handle people with medical insurance.

His office is located in Stockton Family Practice in Stockton NJ. You can google the office name and read more information.

This post is part of health education for my children, to show we are using alternative healing for them. While waiting for him to finish, I read the first chapter of his History book titled, "The Human Odyssey volume 1." I also asked him some questions about Earths' imaginary lines; to differentiate latitude and longitude, meridians, as well as; how many years in decade/century/millennium? He answered them all correctly after listening to me attentive. Well, actually this is not the first time we cover this lessons. He only reviewing what are coming in our History lessons this year.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

(Mentha x piperita) Peppermint Extract/Ruby Tuesday

Make sure you do some research before using this yourself. It doesn't mean that you will get the same result as I.
Below is a picture of a mint plant that appeared in our yard not to long ago. Maybe it was always there, but DH always string trim it not knowing what it was. However, this one looks hairy and the one I used to make the extract has nothing.

Here is what you need to make your very own peppermint extract.

Mash the peppermint leaves gently with you hands before putting in the jar. Then cover/submerge the leaves with grain alcohol, cover and store in a cool dry place. Start testing within a week for potency.
Below is what the appearance of three weeks old peppermint extract. I think this one is ready to be strained and place in a dark bottles with droppers. I will be using this for cooking, making home made toothpaste and lip balm. Please utilize the internet for uses and medicinal properties.

More wild mint (i think, unless the people who own this house before us planted it) flowers, Yes, they have the smell of mint but very faint.

I also dried some, my pint jar is already full. Hopefully I can get another pint before the frost gets here. I will be using it for tea, when my children gets sick. It worked amazing when two of my boys were sick at the end of June. This is what it looked like after an hour inside my dehydrator.

Please join us at Ruby Tuesday 2.

Monday, August 5, 2013

(Impatiens capensis) Jewelweed/Mellow Yellow Monday

Jewelweed is best known for its skin healing properties. The leaves and the juice from the stem of Jewelweed are used by herbalists as a treatment for poison ivy, oak and other plant induced rashes, as well as many other types of dermatitis. Jewelweed works by counter-reacting with the chemicals in other plants that cause irritation. Poultices and salves from Jewel-weed are a folk remedy for bruises, burns, cuts, eczema, insect bites, sores, sprains, warts, and ringworm.

Slice the stem and rub its juicy inside on your skin where itchy.You can also brew chopped jewelweed until you get a dark orange color. I was thinking, hmmm my jewelweed is yellow how can I get orange color? Well, what I have here is the yellow kind, not the red one and not as effective (so they say from what I read). Strain the liquid and pour into ice cube tray. When you have a rash, just grab one of these cubes and get instant relief. They also said, that you can keep it, up to a year. I don't know about that, because when my ice trays stays in the freezer for a while the ice disappeared. :D They also suggested to canned it, that maybe I can do.

Isn't nature great! Yes, and I am learning every day about wild plants medicinal uses. It's very easy to make and they grow every where in your yard. More MMY, click the link to see more and to join.

Summer Movie Club

As part of summer Cinemark summer movie club, my children, their Aunt (my SIL) picked a few of their movies to watch. We saw Happy Feet and Oceans so far. I don't really take them out myself because I can't afford the popcorn and drinks in the movie theater. SIL always buy it for them.

Anyway, during the movie Oceans, all of them didn't last very long before complaining they didn't like it. Who can blame them, it's educational. However, they sat quietly and finished the whole movie. This week, they are showing Chimpanzee as part of the movie club.

It is very cheap to see the movie, but my children goes there for the popcorn as well. I guess when you pre-paid for food it will be cheaper. It is ten movie for $5, prepaid. Yes, it runs for ten weeks. And you only go there to watch your pick, it's $1. They offer a lot of discounts, like with the popcorn you get a free refill when paying for certain size.

Anyway, just jotting it down here for my children 2013-2014 education portfolio that I need to complete before June 30, 2014. So, I covered the one Body of Water/Nature for their science lesson. As for me, I can't stop thinking about those school of fish they showed in that documentary. It made me miss seafood more...ack...hehehehe

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Science Project part 3

Day 5 inside the house:

This is the second time my children project molted. And they saw the old skin before it got eaten. Now the caterpillar is much lighter in color and getting bigger too.

The children were very lucky this time, because the first time, they didn't even saw the old skin. It only change in color. Maybe they will be able to see it come out of the old skin next. Crossing my fingers. :D

Friday, August 2, 2013

Science Project part 2

DD woke up this morning and like the day before since we got the caterpillar, she goes out to the living room and check on it. She ran back to the classroom and inform me that the caterpillar change. So, I grabbed the camera and took a picture. The single white color on the back is gone, and replace by multiple greenish ones. Three days and one leaf later, we will see if this thing will eat today.

If you are wondering about the black speck at the bottom, those are the caterpillars' poop.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Starting Early with Children Science Project

Day 1 inside the house...

A smaller version of what I posted (and killed) on my other blog. I got lucky I found another one. My DD is very excited, DS's are not so much. I don't know how long this one emerged, but I knew that this one emerged from egg not to long ago. DD counted 11 leaves in this parsley and one swallowtail caterpillar.


Blackberries grow wild in dry sandy soil. I took this pictures from my visit on one of the foreclosure houses that DH friend was looking at.

They start red in color and turn black when ready for picking.They are rich in isocitric and malic acids, sugar, pectin, monoglycoside of cyanidin, tannin (high in root bark and leaves), iron, carbohydrates, sodium, magnesium, and vitamin A and C.

Lists of uses:

Blackberry leaves and roots are a long-standing home remedy for cholera, anemia, regulates menses, diarrhea and dysentery. Prolonged use of the tea is also beneficial for enteritis, chronic appendicitis, upset stomach, and leukorrhea. It is said to have expectorant properties as well. A tea made from the dried root can be used for dropsy. Chew the leaves for bleeding gums goes back to the time of Christ. The fruit and juice are taken for anemia. A standard infusion is made, which can also be applied externally as a lotion, reported to cure psoriasis and scaly conditions of the skin. Blackberries also make wine, brandy; and flavor liqueurs and cordials.

Yes, that is my hand. So eat them when you find some while hiking, or in your favorite camping places. Maybe next year, my children and I can go wild fruits foraging, since I now know places for blackberries and blueberries.

Ruby Tuesday 2

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Bio-Magnetic Appointment

Have you heard of it? If not, use Mr. Google to find out. Yes, my children had been going to a Bio-magnetic doctor since last year. DD, is the middle child is done/finished going to him. And today I took my nine year old son (fourth son) for the first time. He was a very good eater when he was little and lo and behold, he doesn't even have to skip milk or process food for two weeks. I was relieved.

I also asked the doctor about the dark red spots (one is as big as a quarter, other smaller) on his foot. They appeared when his sister and him started learning how to ride a two wheeler bikes. I also remember all the bruises they gotten that month.

His next visit will be in October, Halloween I think. Then on August 8, 2013, my Junior will go back for a follow up. His been seeing the doctor since last year with his younger sister, but somehow his car sickness will not go away. He will be fine for a few car rides after the treatment, but after that few, the sickness is back again. And yes, he is very picky eater, but I will give him a credit, he does not consume junk food. That's a plus.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Mellow Yellow Monday

This is a butternut squash flower from my garden. Some of them are able to flowers, which the deers missed. I should knocked on wood. The deers might come back for these...he he he.

Since I got them to come out right in my camera, I putting both of them here for Monday Mellow Yellow meme. You can even see the dews on them.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Children are Better

One week of sick children was all I can take. Cleaning and waiting on their every demand gets old after a while. So, I am happy to say that they are all better and we went out for the first time (all of us) yesterday. 2nd ODS had no problem with motion sickness either.

However, not a very good news about MIL. FIL informed DH and I yesterday, that MIL cannot remember him for a week now. I guessed that was it for her memory. She is still mobile, and can still have simple conversation, until you try to explain something to her. All in all, she can still be civilized.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

They Work Great

Like I mentioned before, my two boys are sick. I cannot watch them in pain anymore. The letting it run its course does not work for me. I check online and I found out how to keep what you eat and drink in your stomach. Here they are; peppermint and ginger tea. I am very thankful that I bought this peppermint and planted it in our yard.

Furthermore, I'm lucky for having ginger in the refrigerator too. I don't have to go to the grocery store just to buy two things. All I have to do with these ingredients is shred the ginger and pick a few leaves of peppermint, put them in a cup and add hot water. The smell was incredible, I don't mind smelling it everyday.

Both of my boys was vomiting and have a LBM. After drinking two tablespoons each, wow! what a difference it made. No vomiting and they finally hold something in their stomach. They still don't feel like eating, but at least they will not get dehydrated and end-up with I.V.'s in the emergency room. Thank you homemade medicine and the internet.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


I found this lovely lily (what's left of many) at my PIL property. I found it lovely, however, MIL never like it when his son (DH), try to string trim and cut some extra weeds around it. She like it over crowded with weeds.The property was so cute and pleasing to the eyes, now the property is rustic and falling apart.

Visit RUBY Tuesday 2 to see more photos.

Monday, July 1, 2013

My Two Boys are Sick

There is nothing more I despise when any of my children is sick. Floor carpeting does not make it easy for me either. I do give them bucket/pail when they are sick, but some how they rarely use them when they feel sick and cannot make it to the bathroom.

Eating after cleaning-up after them is not possible. I am tired and the picture in my head lingers the reason for not eating. Thank goodness it's summer. Yuck for vomits and other things that goes along with germs.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Stay Busy

My eldest son is home from college. I picked him up from Edinboro University in the middle of May. I went alone because my husband had already made plans for that weekend. My husband removed the back seat of our minivan to have more room for my son's belongings. My daughter and younger son came along with me. Actually, I only have room for two extra people. It took me twelve hours to get back to the comfort of my home. My husband joked that I can never be a truck driver, driving twelve hours in a day.

Well, this child of mine never had a job in his life that will make him sweat. From what he told me, he had a job setting by the front door of his dormitory once a week. He's been home for over a month now, and there is no sign that he is getting a job. At twenty-one years old, I already had one job and gave birth to him. I came from a third world country, and if you don't know anyone, or if you don't have a college degree and experienced, no one will hire you, not even fast food restaurant or store bagger (a person who bags your grocery) in a grocery store.

Then an issue came with his bowel movement. Just two days after being home. I am thankful that he is still covered by his step mothers' medical insurance. The doctor advised him to become active, I don't think moving from his bed to the couch, to the dining table, count as being active. Furthermore, he is too old to join summer camp to become active. He can do it on his own time if he wants. Or he can become one of summer camp counselors. I want him to get a job, as long as he gets paid minimum wages or higher.

How can I make him to get a job? A girlfriend might be a good idea. Whew! That would be a headache waiting to happen, unless, the girlfriend is able to make him want a job.

Busy in this Hot Day

I haven't finish my one cup of coffee for today and I was already outside. I followed my husband out and I started watering our herb and vegetables garden along with two Plum trees and Elderberry. I bet I'll will sleeping soundly tonight for being tired working outside. I like it when I hit the bed, I'll be sleeping within a few minutes. I also found out that I am more rested when I am able to sleep right away.

I finished our vegetable garden. Finished meaning all covered with straws and eight separated beds with trenches in between. I weeded a bit because in some part weeds are getting taller than what I am growing there and my back is achy. I have to get use to squatting again before my body accustomed to it. Every time I stand up, or bend down you can hear me moaning. hahahaha I'm not getting any younger. I do missed working on a garden in winter. Maybe if I can do this all year long my body/muscle will be fine. Time to move in the tropic. Yeah, DH will never agree to it.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Good Diction

You are ok, my mother in law answered when I asked if she can understand what I was saying. Ok? I almost said, but I dropped the conversation right there. I was going to say that you never met a Filipino who just got off an airplane. I am more advanced when it comes to enunciating words than any other English speaking newscaster in my birth country. Well, it was way back then when anyone can have a decent conversation with her. She still interferes when other people are talking however, she can never finish a thought or sentence. Even with her condition, she’s still a social butterfly.

Yesterday, my husband sent the children out to play in the pool. He instructed them to make a whirl inside the pool before leaving to get all the dirt in the middle. He continues that it's easy to vacuum the dirt in the middle. So, the children abide and all the boys asked me where their swimming shorts are. When I told our youngest one to where he can find his, their father pointed out the cylinder beach bag we have by the stairs. I said, “that is not a bucket, the one I am talking about is in the bathroom.”

He’s come back was, “you called the glass window, *mirror,* how do I know it wasn’t what you meant?” “First of all, they are not even made with the same material, mirror and glass are made from the same thing and sometimes you can see your reflection on a glass,” I answered. “Ah, what’s the difference,” he continues. I feel like I need a translation service when speaking to him. Moreover, when he is being nice, he will even finish my sentence for me. He annoys me occasionally.

Yeah! Bring the Heat On

Whoa! I can't get enough of summer. Children are on vacation (we still do odds lessons when they complain of being bored) and we can go anywhere. FIL inform me that SIL would like to take the children to Knoebels this Friday. Yes, I am included because she can't go alone with four children, plus I have a mini-van that can fit eight people snugly.

I am still waiting for the offer to the house paper works to get done. I can't write my report to the school district until I know if we are staying here or not.

DH and I went to home depot today. We are pricing cabinets that will go into the new house, more pressure assisted toilets, and sink and cabinet that will go in our house now. We don't have a sink in our half toilet, and we need to put one in there before selling our house.

It was nice walking with no one complaining that wanted to go home, or need to use the bathroom, or running around. Thanks to ODS being home and no job. We basically take advantage of the situation. And yes, it's nice to walk just the two of us.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Our School Year is Done

Actually my children had been done with 180 instructional days allowed by the Department of Education since the middle of May. I picked up my eldest son from college and when we got home I counted their completed work, and according to the dates, they are finished.

I haven't really written a letter to the school district regarding that they are finished for the school year 2012-2013. I just don't have the extra push to do so. I have until the beginning of August to send them the letter and the same time the new 2013-2014 objectives for three of them.

I have not reported my youngest yet, because according to the mankind law, they need to be 8 years of age. He still have one year to go. However, we might move also, and that is the main reason for my procrastination.

Why bother doing two things when maybe I can get away with only one time. I'm a little down because of the moving part because DH and his father cannot sit down together and finish the paper works. Everyday I asked DH if he can finish it so that all I have to do is give it to his father, but nothing. I'm stress out!